Monday, May 25, 2009

The Only Safe Way to Tan

The tanned look has been popular among young people, parallel to the increasing incidences of skin cancer. Most experts think that this is no coincidence and that the tanning trend probably contributed to the rise in skin cancer in the last twenty years, especially in women as shown in a study by the National Cancer Institute.

The only safe way to tan is by sunless tanning lotions or sprays containing DHA. Only DHA-containing lotions and sprays are approved by the FDA. These products are considered safe as long as they don’t enter your eyes, nose, ears, mouth, other cavities, and does not come in contact with your lips or any similar surfaces with mucosal membrane.

Beware also of tanning pills as they may be unsafe and are not approved by the FDA.

Unfortunately, some people are willing to die for the tanned look, literally, as they ignore the warnings and continue to use tanning beds. Since looks are more important to some of you than your health, let’s talk about what tanning booths (as well as outdoor tanning) can do to your looks. You’re simply speeding up the aging and wrinkling of your skin. Although you are getting the nice tanned look in the short-term, you will eventually look 10, 20, or even 30 years older than your actual age. (UV rays speed up the wrinkling process by increasing cell proliferation and disturbing connective tissues accelerating the lost of elasticity.)

Here’s the bottom line. If you want to tan, sunless tanning sprays or lotions are the only (safe) way to go. Know also that such products do not protect your skin against the sun. Therefore, you should also use sunscreen (SPF-15 or higher) when you go outside.

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Kairol Rosenthal said...

Thanks for covering this issue. I've traveled the country interviewing young adults living with cancer in their 20s and 30s, some of whom have melanoma. It is a very real and dangerous disease!


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Unknown said...

Thanks for the useful information. Aside from vanity, ignorance is often to blame.


Unknown said...

Info like this does help me to remind myself to be more aware of my own body and health. Thanks!


Wai said...

Thanks for the information.

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

Good to know. Thanks for the information.

Unknown said...

Very useful info to know. Great article and keep them coming

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ida said...

The information is very helpful. Thanks.

Fred said...

Good Blog and very true. My dad is dealing with skin cancer at the moment and it's not a pretty site. He comes from a generation that sunburned in the summer while doing outdoor work and recreation. Scary to see young people still going to tanning booths and sun-baking out on the beach. They're definitley heading towards some rough roads ahead.